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Legislation would create mobile service centers for seniors to get photo ID's


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - If seniors cannot go get the photo ID’s they need to vote, then the state would go to them under a bill proposed by a pair of Wisconsin Democrats.

Madison Representative Chris Taylor and Milwaukee Senator Lena Taylor have introduced bills in their respective houses to create mobile service centers run by the Division of Motor Vehicles.

The centers would create photo ID’s for seniors where they live – and Chris Taylor also says the bill would let people sign affidavits if they’re not able to get any of the acceptable ID’s under the new state law.

A judge put the voter ID law on hold this week, pending a mid-April trial on a lawsuit from black and Hispanic groups. But Taylor says she’ll keep pushing for her bill as long as there’s a chance that the law can be upheld.

Lena Taylor says she wants to give seniors free access to birth certificates, which would make it easier for them to get photo ID’s. The state has charged for those documents for years. And critics of the voter ID law say it amounts to an illegal poll tax for the estimated 180,000 Wisconsin seniors who don’t have driver’s licenses or other acceptable ID’s.

There was no immediate word on how much the Taylors’ proposals would cost – or whether majority Republicans would consider them as the current session enters its final week.